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Literary: correspondence on permission to quote extracts from various of WSC's works including speeches, "Great Contemporaries", "Liberalism and the social problem", "London to Ladysmith", "Lord Randolph Churchill", "Marlborough: His Life and Times", "My African Journey", "My Early Life", "Thoughts and Adventures", "The River War", "Secret Session Speeches", "Savrola", the war memoirs ["The Second World War"], and "The World Crisis"., Dec 1949 - Jan 1963

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/60A-B

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Correspondents include: Charles Eade, [editor] of the Sunday Dispatch, proposing the book publication of WSC's articles on monarchs (2); Sir Robert Hodgson on a letter from WSC on King Alfonso XIII of Spain; representatives of Odhams Press Limited particularly G C Piper of the Book Department (20); representatives of Fladgate and Company particularly Anthony Moir [WSC's solicitor] (24); James Thornton, Assistant Controller, (2) and Mary Somerville, Controller, Talks Division, BBC, and John, 10th Duke of Marlborough, on marking the 250th anniversary of the battle of Blenheim; Sir William Haley, [Editor] of the Times; John Hyslop (4); Sir Alfred Bucknill (2); John Priestman [Assistant Private Secretary to Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon] (Foreign Office) (3); Charles Parr on his adapting sections of "My Early Life" for radio (15); representatives of Cassell and Company Limited including director Desmond Flower (3); Major-General Ian Playfair; Robert Rhodes James (11) on subjects including his biographies of 5th Lord Rosebery and Lord Randolph Churchill, and a visit to the Dardanelles [Turkey]; 6th Lord Rosebery [earlier Lord Dalmeny] on Rhodes James (3); Antony Gilkes, Headmaster of Dean Close School, Cheltenham [Gloucestershire]; Victor Finney of J Arthur Rank Organisation Limited (2); Edward Murrow on Columbia Broadcasting Corporation preparing a gramophone record of excerpts from WSC's speeches and their payment of 25,000 dollars (3); Kathleen Selby of Paramount British Productions Limited (6) and Cecil deMille on using extracts from WSC's essay on Moses in "The Ten Commandments"; Emery Reves [earlier Imre Revesz]; James Drawbell, managing editor of George Newnes Limited; Howard Thomas, producer-in-chief, Associated British-Pathe Limited; Leo Amery on quoting WSC in his reminisces; Randolph Churchill on a mistake in "The World Crisis"; John Marsh on his book on WSC (10); Robert Blake on quoting letters from WSC to Andrew Bonar Law (3); Andrew Roth of Parliamentary Profiles on WSC's entry. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Gillian Maturin, Doreen Pugh, Elizabeth Gilliatt, and Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford]; [literary assistants] Denis Kelly and William Deakin; Prime Minister's Private Secretaries R McHale, Anthony Montague Browne, John Colville, David Hunt, and Peter Oates; Christopher Soames [WSC's Parliamentary Private Secretary]; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia.Other subjects include: matters concerning WSC's payments including some of the fees going to charity and a German bank account; WSC refusing permission for his portrayal in the "Man Who Never Was".Also includes: the text of WSC's broadcast on the death of King George VI (7 February 1952); rough proof of wrapper design and texts for front and back flaps for revised edition of "Lord Randolph Churchill"; various BBC scripts quoting WSC's works; extracts from various works and speeches; proofs for Imrie Swainston's "Proud Heritage" and Leo Amery's "My Political Life"; German bank slips; copies of Vecko Revyn (Swedish magazine) and R W Crabtree and Sons Limited (engineers) bulletins; pages from Parr's scripts covering WSC's early experiences in India, Sudan and South Africa; duplicate copy of contract with Houghton Mifflin Company, publishers, for "Stemming the Tide"; copies of July 1908 letters from WSC to Bonar Law and extract from Blake's book on Bonar Law.


  • Dec 1949 - Jan 1963

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